Attractions

There’s lots to do and see in the North Carolina mountains. So, make a day or a week of it! Here are some great things you can experience while visiting the area and our neighboring states.

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Barter Theatre

Experience the magic of live, professional theatre at Barter, where magic happens every day as it has for the last 70 magical years. Located two and a half hours north of Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock Stae Park.

Address:
133 West Main Street
Abingdon , VA 24210

Drive Time: 90+ min.
Phone: (276) 628-3991
E-mail: barterinfo@bartertheatre.com
Web: http://www.bartertheatre.com

Biltmore

Biltmore in Asheville, NC offers America’s largest home, gardens, winery, outdoor activities, and a four- star inn on 8,000 acres in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Pair a visit to Biltmore with a visit to Chimney Rock for the perfect weekend getaway.

Address:
1 Approach Road
Asheville , NC 28803

Drive Time: 30-60 min.
Phone: (800) 624-1575
E-mail: happenings@biltmore.com
Web: http://www.biltmore.com

Broad River Gems and Mining Co.

Mineral Museum area, Jewelry, gemstones and gifts. Rock, mineral and fossil specimens. Meteorites, mounted insects. On-site mining, and fossil dig.

Address:
218 River Landing
Rutherfordton , NC 28139

Drive Time: < 30 min.
Phone: (828) 286-1220
E-mail: earl@broadrivergems.com
Web: http://www.broadrivergems.com

Canopy Ridge Farm

Zip Line Park, Tube & Kayak Center

Step into adventure... soar through the trees, gain a new perspective and have a truly unique, exciting experience in nature. The 40-acre zip line park consists of 6 zip lines that are each designed with exhilarating features, including Zip Zilla which is close to 1000 feet long and engineered for speed. Great fun for all ages!

Address:
7115 Hwy 64/74A
Lake Lure , NC 28746

Drive Time: < 30 min.
Phone: (828) 625-4500
E-mail: info@canopyridgefarm.com
Web: http://www.canopyridgefarm.com

Cedar Creek Stables

Cedar Creek Stables offers trail rides from 1 to 1-1/2 or 2 hrs in length and are safe for all riders ages 6 and up and all riding skill levels from beginner level to expert. All of our rides have creek walks and go through the mountains. We also offer pony rides for children under 6, fishing, picnicking and gem mining.

Address:
542 Cedar Creek Rd.
Lake Lure , NC 28746

Drive Time: < 30 min.
Phone: (828) 625-2811
E-mail: hakbarnman@aol.com
Web: http://www.cedarcreekstables.com/

Huck Finn Rafting Adventures

Come experience the power and beauty of the historic French Broad River in Hot Springs, North Carolina. We are a family owned and operated business with over 25 years' experience. Our most important trip is yours.

Address:
P. O. Box 336
Hot Springs , NC 28743

Drive Time: 60-90 min.
Phone: (877) 520-4658
E-mail: hfra2005@yahoo.com
Web: http://www.huckfinnrafting.com

North Carolina Arboretum

The Arboretum focuses on the education, economic development, research, conservation, and garden demonstration with respect to landscape, architecture, and plant sciences.  

Address:
100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way
Asheville , NC 28806

Drive Time: 30-60 min.
Phone: (828) 665-2492
Web: http://www.ncarboretum.org/

The Health Adventure

The Health Adventure, founded in 1968, is a health and science museum for children and today’s families, dedicated to improving health awareness, promoting wellness lifestyles, and increasing science literacy through programs and exhibits.

Address:
2 South Pack Square
Asheville , NC 28802

Drive Time: 30-60 min.
Phone: (828) 254-6373
Web: http://www.thehealthadventure.org/

The Orchard at Altapass

The Orchard at Altapass is an Appalachian cultural and historical center celebrating the people, music, art and natural beauty of the Blue Ridge mountains in North Carolina. Built by the Clinchfield Railroad over 100 years ago, the Orchard sits right on the Blue Ridge Parkway providing some of the most amazing scenery in the Appalachian Mountains.

Address:
1025 Orchard Road (Milepost 328.3 on The BR Parkway)
Little Switzerland , NC 28749

Drive Time: 60-90 min.
Phone: (888) 765-9531
E-mail: billcarson@altapassorchard.com
Web: http://www.altapassorchard.com

Western NC Nature Center

An indoor/outdoor facility designed to serve the conservation community of western NC.

Address:
75 Gashes Creek Road
Asheville , NC 28805

Drive Time: 30-60 min.
Phone: (828) 298-5600
E-mail: mtrinks@ashevillenc.gov
Web: http://www.wncnaturecenter.org


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